Originally Posted by beerlover
Yates was prone to making mistakes in College. I'm on record, when Texans made the pick I didn't like it. Said similar thing as you, that if they felt QB was a need they should have taken a top tier prospect earlier in the draft. But Kubiak proved he can develop a young QB with some ability & overcome less desirable tendencies with good mechanics, this is key to pick. So why not clean out the bullpen (Leinart, Delhomme, Garcia) with a solid, talented & young QB trio, while saving cap room? This theme is carried foward in both mock 1A & 1B. Let's take advantage of Coach Kubiak's strength, QB development & settle QB position next 10 years. The final draft grade for Lindley is yet to be established but should come in at least on par with that of current starting Texan QB Matt Schaub drafted out of Virginia 3rd rd. 2004. Lindley is legitimate starter material to develop & eventually replace Schaub. It's a bold stroke but if you look at the numbers & play to the strength of this organization it makes a lot of sense. Ryan Lindley's numbers smash those of Schaub in College, he has a strong arm, is athletic (also baseball player) threw for 12,700 yards & 90 TD's.
The problem is: a good QB coach can only do so much. Sure he had success to turn a borderline starter into a starter - and sure he got a young QB ready to play. But: he can`t make a good QB an elite QB. For that the QB just needs the talent. Yeah, you can get lucky and find a guy like that in the 3d round or even later - but more often than not you are lucky if you find a borderline starter here.
So either get him a prospect at QB with a huge upside, or go another direction. We don`t need any more middle of the pack QBs - yeah, we can trade them at some time and get something nice back - but to make this team better right now, just draft someone to fill one of our holes (and there are still many of those). Because right now we are set at QB1 and QB2 - and the QB3 never plays anyways, right